Sunday, November 23, 2008

Tar Sands Discussion

(picture by Itzafineday [Tavis Ford], subject to creative commons license)

Just got the following press release regarding the development of the Tar Sands in Northern Alberta. As a resident who lives along the southernmost fjord on the west coast of North America (Howe Sound), I have a BIG fear of tankers in this fragile shoreline area.

Here's a chance to learn more:

Tar Sands: The Dark Side of the Boom
BC-Wide Speaking Tour on the Impacts of the Tar Sands on Communities in Alberta and BC

Please join us for a very important panel about the largest industrial project in history that has been devastating the environment and communities in Alberta. This enormous development is expanding across the continent with little to no regard for the eco-systems and communities that lie in the path of its infrastructure.

Speakers include:

Mike Mercredi - Member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, speaking about the front line struggles of the indigenous community in Fort Chipewyan agains the tar sands industry.

Jessie Kalman - Tar Sands Campaigner with the Polaris Institute, speaking about the social and environmental impacts of the tar-sands.

Will Horter - Executive Director of Dogwood Initiative, speaking about how the support infrastructure based and proposed in BC affects current and future tar-sands development. (Speaking in Vancouver, Victoria, Comox and Nanaimo)

This Tour is being organized, endorsed and supported by the Council of Canadians, the Polaris Institute, Canadian Union of Public Employees BC, the Seirra Club, the Dogwood Initiative, Greenpeace, Check-Your-Head, Institute for Citizen Journalism, Tar Sands Free BC, North Coast Enviro Watch, Western Wilderness Committee.

Check out for more information.

Tar Sands Tour Dates:

Monday, November 24
Venue TBA

Tuesday, November 25
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St. (7pm)

Thursday, November 27

Collonade Room,
Coast Canadian Inn
339 St. Paul St. (7pm)

Monday, December 1
Florence Filberg Conference Hall,
411 Anderton,Courtenay (7pm)

Tuesday, December 2
Vancouver Island University—Nanaimo Campus
Room 109 - Building 356,
900 Fifth Street (1pm)

Wednesday, December 3

The BCGEU Hall,
2994 Douglas Street (7pm)


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